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Grazyna Bacewicz: Polish Capriccio; Works for Violin and Piano CD

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  • Composer: Grazyna Bacewicz
  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0002X4TWK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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CHA 10250; CHANDOS - Inghilterra; Classica da camera

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This release presents what must be a very demanding selection of pieces for piano and violin (sometimes solo violin) by Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz, who played both instruments to a professional level and displays great inventiveness in writing for them, her music having plenty of unsettling moments and possessing a kind of hard-edged passion.
All works here date from the 1940s and 50s and as a general rule the earlier pieces, though never exactly joyous, have the occasional note of optimism whereas the later ones turn more abstract and bitter, sometimes even aggressive. The two capriccios that close out the disc and the Sonata No. 4 belong to the former category, with lyrical and rhapsodic violin lines set against dance-like piano figures and the music alternating between high drama and more contemplative moments.
The extraordinary Sonata No. 2 for violin only is quite a desolate affair and has a dizzying effect, especially in its final movement, a rollercoaster ride of great virtuosity and a real assault on the violin. In fact, all the writing for violin has a very physical quality to it.
Although Bacewicz is linked to Szymanowski and studied neo-classicism in pre-war France, in hindsight Shostakovich must also count as a reference point. Apart from a similarity in style Bacewicz's music has some of that same calculated madness and sense of defiance in the face of adversity. One cannot help feeling this might have had something to do with the situation in Poland at the time, rather like in Shostakovich's case with regards to Russia.
High marks therefore to pianist Gloria Chien and violinist Joanna Kurkowicz for delivering this obscure but remarkable and interesting repertoire.
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HASH(0x9c56c3e4) out of 5 stars A composer who should be better known 13 Sept. 2006
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If I had not have read about Bacewicz in the Rough Guide I would never have heard about her. The music in this disc truly belongs in every classical lovers collection as part of the basic repertoire. According to the notes Bacewicz was a virtuostic player on violin and piano. All of these pieces are breathtaking showstoppers with a sweet lyricism that is always present and brought tears to my eyes.

There is something so special about this music that I wish there were more of her works recorded.
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